A Gentleman's Jaunts

Musings on all things novel and stylish from around the globe

Fabled Silks

Paris label Hermès has been manufacturing its iconic silk scarves and luxurious adornments since 1837, and continues to captivate the smart set with its elegant creations today.

On a recent trip to Copenhagen, the Jaunting Gentleman’s eye was caught by this beguiling array of Hermès delights, featuring plush botanical prints and deco-inspired bangles, that any modern sartorialist would be proud to don.

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All images shot on location by the Jaunting Gentleman at Hermes, Copenhagen.

For more information about the brand, visit: www.hermes.com/

Hardwick Revisted

On a recent sojourn to the fine county of Derbyshire, the Jaunting Gentleman made time to call in at the majestic former home of the Countess of Shrewsbury, Hardwick Hall.

Born Elizabeth Hardwick in 1527, the Countess - affectionately dubbed ‘Bess of Hardwick’ - married four times and amassed an immense fortune which she used to build the grand residence seen today.

The second richest woman in England after Queen Elizabeth I, the Countess designed a house that was considered the height of style on its completion in 1597, filling it with ornate Flemish tapestries, hand-painted wall hangings, Persian table-carpets, intricate plaster friezes, inlaid furniture and lavish needlework.

A true testament to Tudor decadence, the atmospheric grandeur of Hardwick never falls to impress more than four centuries on.

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All images shot on location by The Jaunting Gentleman at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire.

Print and Pattern Master

Living up to his moniker as the master colourist of British fashion, Jonathan Saunders made a profound impression on the Jaunting Gentleman at London Collections: Men, with his dynamic AW14 presentation.

Signature bold colour schemes and checkerboard patterns were the order of the day, with rich tropical botanical prints lending a softer, exotic edge to retro-inspired silhouettes.

Statement bombers in colourful, solid tones were delivered with an 80s-inspired slant, alongside vibrant knits and trousers embellished with block stripe and square motifs, whilst directional footwear sported colour-pop stitching.

A refreshing change from the ubiquitous muted tones of most winter collections, Saunders’ imaginative outlay is destined to dispel any winter blues when the cold sets in again.

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For further inspired design and stockist information, visit: http://www.jonathan-saunders.com/

All images shot on location by the Jaunting Gentleman at the Old Sorting Office, New Oxford Street, London.

Iconic Imagery

Designed by some of the most iconic illustrators of the 20th century, the artful vintage posters of Swiss label Bally, recently caught the eye of The Jaunting Gentleman.

Reflecting the ideals and craftsmanship of the luxury brand, these beautifully executed images exhibit the streamlined modernity of various art movements, ranging from high deco to mid-century.

These works tell a story of enduring elegance that is still central to the label’s design ethos today and depict Bally’s fine aesthetic mix of sporting tradition and timeless glamour.

                             

                   

Of Mice and Men

A favourite fixture of London Collections: Men, the dynamic Kit Neale never fails to charm The Jaunting Gentleman with his masterful mix of high-spirited innovation and contemporary flair.

The AW14 collection saw the designer pay tribute to his native South London and its four-legged inhabitants, with playful rodent prints and imagery alluding to the much-derided Elephant & Castle neighbourhood.

Soft jersey sweatshirts and sporty leg wear, functional backpacks, neatly-cut utility jackets and tongue-in-cheek accessories were adorned with rat prints, complex jacquard motifs and tropical jungle patterns inspired by artefacts in the British museum.

Iconography was key: the elephant, the castle turret and the curl-tailed rodent were the signature motifs of the line, and were presented in a range of forms, including bold prints, intricate embroideries and toy-like keychain accessories.

From a designer that firmly has his finger on the pulse of modern menswear, the AW14 collection reaffirms Kit Neale’s status as a leading figure in London’s contemporary design scene.

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All images shot by The Jaunting Gentleman on location at Victoria House, Bloomsbury, London.

Forties Flair

During the whirlwind round of London Collections: Men AW14, the Jaunting Gentleman found himself transported back to blitz-era Britain by the illustrious heritage houses of St. James’s.

The English Gentleman presentation, held in Whitehall’s Cabinet War Rooms, played host to the finest in Savile Row and Jermyn Street pedigree, illustrating London’s prowess over the craft of heritage menswear.

Styled by British GQ’s Jo Levin, the Forties-inspired presentation was a poetic accolade to legendary wartime leader Winston Churchill and his cabinet.

Smoking stage cigarettes and knocking-back old fashioneds, models clad in impeccably cut English flannels and wide-brim trilbies were scattered throughout the subterranean warren of map-charting rooms and passageways, plotting strategic military manoeuvres and espionage schemes.

The sharp tailoring on offer from the likes of Henry Poole & Co., Anderson & Sheppard and Gieves & Hawkes, rubbed shoulders with freshly pressed shirting, sleek loungewear and elegant shoes from Turnbull & Asser, Emma Willis and John Lobb.

The atmospheric surrounds adorned with period Bakelite telephones, faded empire maps and old-school typewriters, further enriched the mood of refined spectacle synonymous with The English Gentleman of St. James’s.

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All images shot on location by The Jaunting Gentleman at Churchill’s Cabinet War Rooms, Westminster, London.

For more information on Savile Row, Woolmark & St. James’ visit: www.savile-row-london-collections.com/events/war-rooms

Exotic Imports

Having had the recent pleasure of touring Copenhagen’s National Museum of Denmark, the Jaunting Gentleman found himself charmed by the exotic and elaborate objects showcased in the museum’s Oriental galleries.

The past centuries of colonial history are frequently dominated by the behemoth powers of Britain and France, but the inhabitants of the small but powerful Kingdom of Denmark were also captivated by the allure of distant civilsations.

Following the establishment of numerous trading posts in 17th century India, the Danish set about forging lucrative trade networks across Asia to bring back the coveted spices, silks and handicrafts of unchartered lands.

The museum’s vast collection of ornate kimono, Samurai regalia, Chinoiserie trinkets and Buddhist relics are an exquisite testament to the Danes’ innate curiosity of foreign cultures, and a tribute to the nation’s role in bridging the gap between Europe and Asia.

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All Images shot by the Jaunting Gentleman on location at the National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen.

The Dalton Touch

With the unsated anticipation pervading the air before the first show of the season, Lou Dalton opened LC:M SS14 with a smart homage to the working-man’s wardrobe.

Taking inspiration from the apparel of farmhands that Dalton fondly recalls from her childhood in rural Shropshire, the collection was an intelligent combination of utility separates infused with sporty military details.

Washed-out cottons and corduroys, softened by their hand treatments, were pivotal to the collection, as were bleached denims in fresh and light shades of dusty pink and blue.

Committing what was considered a sartorial faux pas a few years ago, Dalton sent her models down the runway clad in bleached double-denim ensembles.

Western jackets and shearling-collared bombers gave the collection a typically masculine edge, whilst carefully structured paneling and padding spoke of the designer’s adept talent for structured engineering.

Fair Isle knits crafted from English wool were showcased alongside sharp and purposeful houndstooth tailoring, reasserting Dalton’s patriotic British streak.

Wool and cashmere fabrics were used in oversized coats, which gave a texture-rich contrast to the denim and corduroy that dominated the line, whilst suede inserts and contrast stitching were defining details of the garments.

A tracksuit constructed of cool wool was embellished with suede chevrons on the sleeves and legs; it was a luxurious take on a leisurewear staple.

Northampton shoemakers Grenson were the collaborative partner for the footwear; its heavy duty army boots in warming Oxblood and black were an authoritative stamp on British heritage.

With its functional, yet detailed utility separates and military treatments, Dalton’s AW14 collection spoke coherently of the direction of contemporary menswear, in a manner that puts British design firmly on the map.

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All Images courtesy of Style.com

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